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ANNUAL REPORT
2020-2021
Creating
BRIGHTER
Futures
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Childcare Resources was founded over 37 years ago with the belief that children are our greatest natural resource, and it is imperative that they receive quality care from trained and supported staff to help them reach their full potential. While our agency began modestly as the outgrowth of a child care task force convened in 1984 by the United Way of Central Alabama, Childcare Resources now reaches thousands of children, families, and child care providers across our four-county footprint each year.

The faces of the families and providers we support are the faces of Central Alabama. From working families juggling the challenges of parenthood to seasoned professionals working in child care facilities and home-based programs — our community is united by the importance of early education and the passion for ensuring our children receive every opportunity to make a positive impact on the world.

 

Access to affordable, quality child care and early education was a tremendous challenge at our inception in 1984. Childcare Resources has worked diligently to improve both quality of and access to child care in Central Alabama, and continues that hard work today. With your support, we will continue to build a future where our next generation of leaders will prosper.

 

Thank you for your continued belief in our mission.

Letter from Our Leaders
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JOAN WRIGHT
Executive Director
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MICHAEL F. WALKER
2020-2021 Board Chair
 
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To make quality care and education of young children happen by providing information, education, and assistance to families, providers of child care, and the community.

Our Mission
 
Our Programs
1

Train and support child care professionals, providing a sizable portion of training available in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby, and Walker Counties

2

Provide child care financial assistance to low-to-moderate income working families who earn too much to qualify for state subsidy programs

3

Support families who are searching for child care options by providing comprehensive child care information and advocacy resources to ensure families understand the importance of the significant development that occurs in the early years that impacts later success in school and life

4

Promote a child's development through comprehensive early learning, health, and family well-being services.

 
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Training and Technical Assistance

The goal of Training and Technical Assistance is to increase the quality of child care available to children by providing education through training and technical assistance to individuals working in child care or interested in a career in early care and education.

207

training sessions completed

420

training hours completed

86

early care
programs
impacted
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82%

of trainings
held virtually

I9

average point increase in post-test scores

Click on the button below to learn more about our our annual child care provider conference.

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"We were so fortunate to have Childcare Resources provide our teacher trainings this year. Their presenters were truly knowledgeable and professional. The trainings were informative and interesting, which can be difficult when held virtually.

 

We are grateful to Childcare Resources for delivering our trainings virtually, allowing our staff to get the required hours needed, but in an environment that made everyone comfortable."

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Preschool Partners
Early Learning Resource Center

The goal of the Early Learning Resource Center (Library and Van) is to reduce the cost of delivering quality child care by providing access to teaching materials and resources free of charge. The Resource Center offers free membership and is open weekdays while the Resource Van travels 10 routes monthly. 

 

Early learning resources available include teacher curriculum books, children's literature, music CD's and DVD's, age-appropriate theme boxes, puppets, storybook kits, Ellison Press die-cuts, lamination services, and one-on-one consultation with a Child Development Consultant.

48

patron visits to the resource library center

35

patron visits to the resource library van

54

child care programs on van routes

I6

providers received curbside drop-off visits
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Specialty Programs
RISE PROGRAM

The goal of RISE is to positively impact the quality of child care in our community by assisting providers in surpassing the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Child Care Licensing and Performance Standards, achieving measurable improvements, and supporting the pursuit of national accreditation and re-accreditation.  In central Alabama, only 5% of centers are nationally accredited. 

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7

participating centers

60

technical assistance visits

472

consultations to child care programs
2 CENTERS
achieved national re-accreditation
INFANT TODDLER PROGRAM

The goal of the Infant Toddler Program is to increase the quality of child care available to infants and toddlers. The program is designed to assist classrooms in surpassing the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) Child Care Licensing and Performance Standards and to encourage directors to operate their program consistent with best practices as it pertains to teacher-child interactions in a nurturing learning environment.   

6

participating classrooms

I5

technical assistance visits
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I02

consultations to child care programs
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achieved 80% or more of their quality improvement plan goals
100% OF CLASSROOMS
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Financial Assistance

The goal of the Supplemental Child Care Program is to help low-to-moderate income working families maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiently. This program provides financial assistance to families enrolled in the program by paying a portion of child care costs to a legally operating child care provider of their choice. 

89

single parent
head-of-household
families

III

children
supported
through SCCP

$35,570

average annual income of enrolled families
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23%

after financial assistance
before financial assistance
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I5%

% OF ANNUAL BUDGET SPENT ON CHILD CARE
TOP EMPLOYMENT SECTORS
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25% Business/Corporate
24% Medical/Healthcare
18% Retail/Sales
18% Government
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"The support of RISE is important to directors because it provides the opportunity to share and discuss the challenges that we all face daily. This program was particularly helpful during the pandemic. We wanted to make sure we were making the right decisions for our program, families, and staff. I believe the support and opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, and encourage each other gave us the strength to get through an exceedingly difficult year."

DIRECTOR
Harris Early Learning Center
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$9I,0I9

direct payments to child care providers
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"Childcare Resources has helped me tremendously throughout the years. I am solely responsible for my son financially and the program helped me when no one else would. I can go to work and know that my son is cared for and taught in a great facility. My son will be in kindergarten next year and I know he is ready and will be successful. Financial assistance has made everything easier and less stressful for me, and it has been a blessing to not have to worry about affording child care during the pandemic."

SCCP PARTICIPANT
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Resource and Referral

Resource and Referral provides free customized child care searches for the community.  Each search includes provider profiles to assist the family in locating quality child care as well as parent resources to support the unique needs of each individual family. 

380

clients utilized
the program

2I,624

referrals to child care providers
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33%

called for a personal consultation
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67%

conducted an
online database search
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6

average number of referrals provided in each customized search
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I00%

indicated the Guide to Choosing and Using Child Care was helpful in their search
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"Childcare Resources' Resource and Referral Program is a great program to use when you need assistance! I was new to the Birmingham area and lost hope in finding child care. I was referred by another agency to contact Childcare Resources for help so I made the call and left a message just hoping to get a call back. The coordinator called me back so quickly and was so sweet and genuine as I shared my child care needs with her. I could tell that she loves what she does and has a passion for helping others."

RESOURCE AND REFERRAL PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Head Start Program

The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs promote a child's development through comprehensive early learning, health, and family well-being services. Childcare Resources Head Start Program operates through a partnership model with local schools, child care programs, and the community. 

57%
of children participating received health, hearing, vision, and development screening
60%
of children participating received health, hearing, vision, and development screening

75

head start
children enrolled

72

early head start
children enrolled
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ZIP CODES SERVED
IN JEFFERSON COUNTY
35020 • 35022 • 35094 • 35203 • 35205 • 35206 • 35212 • 35217
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Agency Financials
REVENUE
EXPENSES
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Government Grants

$5,200,076

Contributions

$167,952

United Way of Central Alabama

$562,036

Special Events

$180,653

In-Kind

$106,139

Other Revenue

$2,570

Program Revenue

$112,303

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Supplemental Child Care Program

$206,970

Training and Technical Assistance

$708,296

Head Start

$4,684,380

RISE  $86,147

Infant Toddler

$85,364

Fundraising

$287,597

Management & General

$300,635

Early Learning Resource Center Library & Van

$70,398

Resource & Referral

$57,578

 
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Click on the video
to take a
virtual
tour of our agency
featuring images of
our mission in action
prior to 2020.
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Creating Brighter Futures
BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board Chair

Michael F. Walker

Vice Chair

Rick A. Morris

Secretary

Jennifer Couch

Treasurer

Michael Humber

Past Chair

Jason Bryant

Members

E. Hayes Arendall

Laura Boyles

John C. Brown

LaQuisha Buggs

Michelle Chambers

Terri Coleman, Ed. S.

Jason Cook

Cynthia D. Copeland

Jenna F. Dorlon

Jessica Everest

K. Christine Fontana

Liz Hyde

Emily Jensen

Stuart Johnson

Scott D. Kellner

Veronica L. Merritt

Kelly Metz

Dr. Ty Moody

Dr. Kristin Powell

Terrica Richardson

Michael "Mike" Rebholz

Jay Snipes

Donna Wages

Nikki Ming-White

Martina Winston

JUNIOR BOARD

President

Beth Lovett​

Vice President

Allie Imaghodor​

Secretary

Amy Swindle-English

Recruitment Chair

Brian Rose​

Past President

Lauren Leach

Members

Steven Andrews

Hannah Avery

Wes Bulgarella

Emily Burke

Monique Buxton

Brittany Tedford Byrd

Lindsey Cochran

Mary Coleman Dobbins

Ashley Hanson, MD

Ann Hill

Tiffany Kahlon

Khiari McAlpin

Ashley Jones McGowen

Liza Padilla

Misty Paul

Antjuan Spivey

Jimmy Williams

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